The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 10, 2013

Telecommuting: Truly at home in the office

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“For the first three months I had a really hard time concentrating. There were a lot of distractions.”

He said although those barriers have been dissipated, another challenge remains.

“In wintertime I just get really tired of being at home.” 

Mary and Marty Cassem of Lake Crystal are a telecommuting married couple sharing a home office. He’s a distribution manager for a New Jersey bearings company; she’s an area community relations representative for the American Cancer Society.

“There’s definitely pros and cons,” Mary Cassem said of the work-at-home scenario. She said she enjoys the flexibility and freedom it affords, but having one’s workplace at home can act as a leash.

“You never quite get away from the office.”

Although technology has enabled work-at-home employees to do the heretofore impossible, it can’t replace a workplace’s intangible benefit — physical human connectivity.

“The ‘softer side’ of things is what I miss the most,” Colemer said.

Meaning: Try as it might, her computer screen can’t deliver one of those freshly baked cookies a co-worker just brought in.

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